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TSA Supervisor Allegedly Stole Cash from Passenger Bags
ABC News ^ | Oct. 20, 2010 | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ

Posted on 10/22/2010 8:56:17 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows

A Transportation Security Administration supervisor has been arrested for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in cash from passengers going through an airport checkpoint.

As passengers -- mostly foreigners heading home -- came through the checkpoint at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, the supervisor and another TSA agent would subject them to secondary searches and allegedly take cash from their carry-on bags.

The supervisor, Michael Arato, 41, of Ewing, N.J., was changed with one count of accepting bribes, one count of conspiring to commit theft and three counts of theft by a government employee. The other TSA worker is now cooperating with authorities and has not been named in court records.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; homeland; hopeandchange; newjersey; thanksbush; tsa; unions
How surprising.
1 posted on 10/22/2010 8:56:26 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh! Well, I’m glad he was charge with change.....


2 posted on 10/22/2010 8:57:59 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I would be bored too if my entire shift consisted of yelling at people’s faces for the entire 8 hour shift to place their laptops in a large plastic tray..


3 posted on 10/22/2010 8:59:40 AM PDT by max americana (Hoax and Chains, Dopeychangey)
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To: Slings and Arrows
...three counts of theft by a government employee.

we should charge most of Congress with that.

4 posted on 10/22/2010 9:00:19 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: max americana

Yes, that is why they now have taxpayer-paid x-ray vision.


5 posted on 10/22/2010 9:06:38 AM PDT by battlecry
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To: Slings and Arrows

I have a friend who is a TSA agent and he tells me that agents even steal from one another.

He bought himself a heavy-duty padlock to make sure that no one would break into his locker...


6 posted on 10/22/2010 9:08:50 AM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Slings and Arrows
Another time, the pair discussed how they did not feel bad stealing from foreign passengers who were leaving the country with "our money."
7 posted on 10/22/2010 9:10:04 AM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (If exercising the right to free speech invites violence, then girls in short skirts invite rape.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I just want the bastard that stole the suit out of my bag when I was flying back from Las Vegas back in 2005.


8 posted on 10/22/2010 9:11:57 AM PDT by Busywhiskers ("Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy" -Dan Gable)
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To: Beaten Valve

TSA is one of the most glaring examples of an idiotic response to a threat.


9 posted on 10/22/2010 9:12:15 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Slings and Arrows
one count of accepting bribes, one count of conspiring to commit theft and three counts of theft by a government employee

And has been sentenced to a lifetime position at the Department of Transportation.

10 posted on 10/22/2010 9:13:20 AM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (What do Snap-On and Obama have in common? They're both tools.)
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To: Beaten Valve

And to think that all those people passed background checks.


11 posted on 10/22/2010 9:14:01 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

A friend of my wife works at the boarding gates at SeaTac airport. She spends time walking through the “basement” to get to and from locations.

One day, while walking through this “basement” area she found two or three TSA employees rummaging through a couple of large bags in a “dark corner”. When they saw her they basically said something along the lines of “We’re inspecting bags. Move along, citizen.”

I don’t know what ever cam of that. It was around two years ago.

I never pack anything of value in a suitcase. Ever.


12 posted on 10/22/2010 9:18:31 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Slings and Arrows

A friend of my wife works at the boarding gates at SeaTac airport. She spends time walking through the “basement” to get to and from locations.

One day, while walking through this “basement” area she found two or three TSA employees rummaging through a couple of large bags in a “dark corner”. When they saw her they basically said something along the lines of “We’re inspecting bags. Move along, citizen.”

I don’t know what ever cam of that. It was around two years ago.

I never pack anything of value in a suitcase. Ever.


13 posted on 10/22/2010 9:18:44 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The TSA is nothing but a jobs program for the chronically unemployed.


14 posted on 10/22/2010 9:19:40 AM PDT by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: RobRoy

FWIW, I only hit the post key once for the above two posts.


15 posted on 10/22/2010 9:20:41 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I am so not surprised by this. At LAX, the jerks who work those jobs are so not trustworthy and real assholes


16 posted on 10/22/2010 9:22:53 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: Slings and Arrows

TSA: They’ll Steal Anything


17 posted on 10/22/2010 9:24:20 AM PDT by Newtoidaho (Liberals are drooling buffoons backed by satanic goons.)
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To: hoosierham
TSA is one of the most glaring examples of an idiotic response to a threat.

I thought Heathrow 1991 (under threat from the IRA) was more secure than Logan 2003. And the Brits, God love 'em, did it all with grace and humor.

18 posted on 10/22/2010 9:31:27 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (If not Boston, then Texas. Go Rangers!)
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To: battlecry
This kind of crap is commonplace in third world countries. The low ranking government officials see those up the ladder profiting big time from even larger scale schemes, so view petty theft of this nature as some sort of job entitlement.

Pretty much the same mentality is in play with the SEIU and AFSCME unionized government employees who see themselves as too special to be subjugated to the realities of the marketplace.

The fact that this type of crap is not even more widespread speaks well about American morals.

19 posted on 10/22/2010 9:34:29 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; dervish; ...

Thanks Slings and Arrows. I’m sure it’s just a huge misunderstanding, and that he voted for Obama.


20 posted on 10/22/2010 9:41:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: RobRoy
FWIW, I only hit the post key once for the above two posts.

It's not your fault....FReep still has lots of bugs; I'll know progress is being made when the posting-time clock isn't ten minutes fast.

21 posted on 10/22/2010 9:49:34 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’ve had a number of odd items stolen before out of my bags. The last one was really strange. The under wire to my wife’s bra was removed and taken. What the heck is up with with that??


22 posted on 10/22/2010 9:51:56 AM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: Beaten Valve
As the Dems loudly bleated at the time of the department's creation,

“If we want to professionalize, we must Federalize!”

CA....

23 posted on 10/22/2010 9:59:35 AM PDT by Chances Are
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To: StolarStorm

About items out of your bags ... I had someone else’s make up put INTO my bag.

Good stuff, too, but it was used by who knows what so I threw it out.

It was so bizarre.


24 posted on 10/22/2010 10:04:11 AM PDT by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
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To: Slings and Arrows
The other TSA worker is now cooperating with authorities and has not been named in court records.

Sounds like the thief will keep his job.

25 posted on 10/22/2010 10:04:16 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’ll never fly again. Seriously.


26 posted on 10/22/2010 10:40:57 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

TSA = Too Stupid for Arbys.


27 posted on 10/22/2010 10:42:46 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Newtoidaho

“TSA: They’ll Steal Anything”

I’ll have to add that one.

TSA: Too Stupid for Arbys / They’ll Steal Anything.


28 posted on 10/22/2010 10:46:16 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Cloverfarm
They probably dropped a couple of bags in the baggage area while they were open and couldn't figure out what went where so they guessed
29 posted on 10/22/2010 10:46:57 AM PDT by Polynikes (Haakkaa Paalle)
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To: RobRoy

It was worth posting twice!


30 posted on 10/22/2010 11:07:20 AM PDT by dusttoyou (Let the other side get all wee-wee'd up, Remember come November)
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To: SunkenCiv

My pleasure. I hope this a-hole gets more than a slap on the wrist.


31 posted on 10/22/2010 12:04:06 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: PAR35
Sounds like the thief will keep his job.

And what do you know, a supervisory position just opened up...

32 posted on 10/22/2010 12:06:33 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: TheOldLady

Amen.


33 posted on 10/22/2010 12:23:08 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Wholeheartedly agree.


34 posted on 10/22/2010 2:06:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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